Oct. 8th, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Polyvagal IFS: Exploring the Relational Intelligence Model – Francois Le Doze

François Le Doze has been a neurologist at the University Hospital of Caen for thirty years. His interest in the relationship between body and mind was transformed when he discovered the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, with its ability to restore the balance of a person by harmonizing all the facets within.

This profoundly influenced his personal and professional life by orienting him towards psychotherapeutic practice.

Convinced of the relevance and effectiveness of the model, he trained with founder Richard Schwartz in 2006 to become the first French-speaking trainer for the IFS Institute. His passion contributed significantly to its diffusion to the French-speaking public, in particular by overseeing the French translation of the introductory book to the IFS model by Richard Schwartz ( Système familial intérieur – Blessures et guérison). Francois is also the author, with Christian Krumb, of La force de la confiance: une thérapie pour s’unifier (The force of confidence: a therapy to unify) (Odile Jacob, 2015).

In 2014 after encountering Polyvagal theory he founded SELF THERAPIE FORMATION and began to develop the Intelligence Relationnelle® model. This approach combines the advances of the IFS model with those made in the neuroscientific understanding of relationships, trauma and attachment theory.

It is a therapeutic modality based on the relational dynamics between the client and the therapist, and within the client to resolve the patient’s inner conflicts and relational difficulties. It is used to treat not only complex psychological traumas, but also the pre-existing attachment disorders that are very often associated with trauma.

It draws on the recent neuroscience data on attachment and neuroplasticity in the therapeutic process and provides a theoretical and practical framework in which the whole spectrum of attachment disorders and complex traumas can be treated through the flexible and appropriate use of co-regulation and self-regulation.

Currently Francois is bringing his brilliant synthesis to an International audience.

This workshop will be a mix of didactic presentation, live demonstration and time for Q&A. To see a brief video of Francois describing the workshop please click on the image below

In this workshop participants will learn:

  • the neurobiology of Psychotherapy
  • how IFS, polyvagal theory and attachment theory interface to form the Relational Intelligence model
  • The Pillars of the Relational Intelligence model
  • What makes RI unique

Cost (USD): $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor: $25 + service fee

This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 1 week.


Nov. 5th, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Loch Kelly: Resourcing from Source – Bringing more Self to your Life and Work

Loch Kelly returns to further our exploration of the core Self that lives in us all. Loch’s workshops are very popular as he combines didactic teaching with skillfully guided meditations that take us on a 3 hour journey… home.

He has many books and videos available on his website

Excerpt from Loch’s Essay: “The You-Turn of Awakening”

Awakening is the next natural stage of human development. It is an inherent human capacity within us all, like the capacity to read and write. Awakening is an upgrade of perception, knowing and identity. It is a shift from as small thought-based sense of self to an awake awareness-based operating system that is already installed. Awakening is accessing optimal human potential the feels empty of limitation but also fully embodied, interconnected, open hearted and naturally wise. By learning effortless mindfulness which begins to rewire your neuronal network you can return home to live from this natural awakened consciousness.

Please click here to read the full essay

For Loch’s bio please click here: Loch Kelly

This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 1 week.

Cost (USD): $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor: $25 + service fee


Dec 3rd, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Lissa Rankin, M.D. IFS as Medical Treatment

Lissa’s Ted Talk: The #1 Public Health issue Doctors aren’t talking about

Mind Over Medicine breaks new ground in the fertile region where science and spirituality intersect. Dr. Lissa Rankin discovered that the conventional health care she had been taught to practice was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of our own consciousness. (Self).

“It’s a beautiful and important book.” – Dick Schwartz

Please click on the image above to be taken to Amazon.

Click Here to hear Lissa describing the workshop

Lissa on IFS and the Pandemic

“I sincerely believe IFS can offer life, body, mind, heart, and soul.Talking transparently with my close friends (who all use the IFS model on ourselves and in our relationships with each other), we’re all discovering parts in ourselves we didn’t know, parts that take extra Self-energy to love—parts with violent tendencies, suicide parts that don’t want to be on this planet anymore, parts with addict tendencies, parts with hoarding tendencies, parts with grandiose, narcissistic, “save the world” God complex tendencies, intellectualizing parts that try to collect knowledge and figure things out, and spiritual bypassing parts that jump straight to the “silver lining” and skip over the intense emotions this brings up. The doctors and other front line workers are also discovering the extremity of our martyr tendencies, the parts that will throw us under the bus to save someone else, recklessly intubating a dying person without wearing a mask and putting ourselves at risk of leaving our children orphaned—all because we can’t bear to stand by helplessly and out of control in the face of someone else’s imminent death.

Blending With Parts Disables Your Immune System

All these lit up parts cause a boatload of stress responses in the nervous system—flooding the body with cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and other stress hormones, which disable the immune system, rendering you vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus and being unable to mount an immune response should you get infected. IFS, on the other hand, facilitates relaxing your parts, so your nervous system is restored to the relaxation response, which releases healing hormones like oxytocin, endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, preparing your immune system to be fully functional.

The core focus of IFS is to find the exiles your manager parts and firefighter parts protect and offering healing and “unburdening” to those wounded inner children—the parts that feel helpless, hopeless, worthless, terrified, disposable, and ashamed, the parts that carry extreme limiting beliefs like “I’m unlovable” or “I don’t deserve protection” or “I’m not enough.” The emotions these exiles carry can be so painful, so intense, that our protector parts will pull out all the stops in times like this to make us avoid getting to our exiles. But in times like this, even the most brilliantly crafty firefighters may fail. Many people are feeling their exile feelings right now, as a mass wave of helplessness, hopelessness, terror, shame, and fear wash over us like a collective tsunami. We can recoil from these feelings—or we can let them move through us like waves, using them as trailheads to heal the exiles that feel so much. IFS gives us the “how.””

“Self-Leadership = Self-Healing”

Video: Dick Schwartz and Lissa – Healing from Spiritual Bypassing

Click Here for Lissa’s Bio

This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 1 week.

Cost: $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor: $25 + service fee